Admissions officers go through hundreds and at times even thousands of applications each year. This task can become so tedious and scrupulous that a simple mistake a student makes in his essay or a tiny typo in her answer to a redundant question can cause a huge “crossing this one off the list immediately” moment to some. If international students put themselves in the shoes of admissions officers, they may be able to complete an application that makes it easy for admissions officers, thus constructing their chances of attending their choice schools that much easier. Below are the top five college application mistakes as well as some college admittance tips to help you get started in the right mode during the application process for a communication degree
Grammar and Spelling Errors:
Probably one of the most frustrating pet peeves to admissions officers, grammar and spelling errors signify that the student is either a) poor at spelling and constructing proper sentences, b) apathetic about the university and application process or c) too lazy to have someone review his application. None of these options really appeal to the officers, so make sure that you spend the time to ensure that your application, essay, and other materials are free of all errors and the fluidity of everything you write says that you are professional and serious about the prospect of attending the college.
Don’t do it. It shows incompetence and indifference, a lack of organization skills and foreshadows what the student may be like if attending the college. There is no student who is “above the deadlines.” These deadlines are given in advance so that students can allot the time they need to complete the application and send it on time. It is unfair for other students who worked to get their applications in on time. If you are unable to juggle all of the deadlines, start early to ensure that you do not have so many things due at one time. This is college now, and no one is going to hold your hand. Don’t expect any privileges. Turn in your application on time, or wait until the next semester.
Inappropriate Social Media Posts:
Most students think that admissions officers won’t check their social media sites, but the chances are high that they will. If there is anything inappropriate posted on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites, students are encouraged to delete it before sending their applications. Something like a picture of you drinking shots or posting immature posts and vulgarity can make you lose your spot in the admissions line-up. If you want, you can take it even further and not submit inappropriate posts in the first place because potential employers will also check social media sites and college employees may check your profiles at any given time during your schooling.
Don’t lie to admissions officers because they most likely will find out. They may check with your high school and previous employment to make sure you are being truthful. Lying on your application can ruin your chances automatically.
Ignoring the Prompt:
Following directions is the most important part of your application. Not following directions serves as a slap in the face to most admissions officers. If the essay asks you who your role model is, don’t write about your biggest success in life or go on a tangent about an obstacle in your life that you have overcome. Even if you think what you are writing is more important than the prompt, it looks childish and selfish. Also, if the application states to write your essay in a maximum of 700 words, do not write 1000. Answer the prompt and follow directions.
Along with the most important “do nots” –the top five college application mistakes—it is also important to know some college admittance tips to further your chances of being selected to a school of your choice. The first tip is to take advantage of free money. There is free money everywhere. Do not be afraid to apply to a college due to a fear that you will not be able to afford it. Colleges give away scholarships and sometimes the more expensive the college is, the more scholarship money they have available. Also, be sure to get involved in high school. Admissions officers are looking for well-rounded students. When applying, be confident, but remember the fine line between confidence and arrogance. It may sound strange to not be arrogant when a college application is essentially an encouragement for you to emphasize your accomplishments, but use your words carefully and don’t cross the line. Be sure to include what you are excited about in the future, not merely what you have achieved thus far. Lastly, make sure you review your application an ample amount of times. Review your application at least three times and have a parent, counselor or teacher to review your application as well. This will ensure that everything is correct, flowing, and that nothing is left out.
When combining the top five college application mistakes with some college admittance tips, you should be able to increase your chances of being accepted into your choice colleges. Now, go make a cup of hot tea, have a seat, and breathe. In a few months, this will all be over and you will be able to focus on other stresses besides the college admission process, like your first college economics midterm and philosophy essay.
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